Nottingham Forest's potential new owners are reportedly interested in making former Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett the club's new manager. John Jay Moores - the head of the American group who are close to taking over Albion's Championship rivals - has flown into the UK as the takeover moves closer.
And according to the Sun and the Nottingham Post, the Americans are interested in seeing Rowett take over from current boss Philippe Montanier, who has overseen a run of six defeats and a draw from Forest's last seven outings in all competitions. The Tricky Trees are just two points above the relegation zone, one place and one point above the Brewers.
Ex-Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett was sacked by Birmingham City last month
That form could reportedly see the new owners bring a new manager in once the takeover is complete, with Rowett the favourite. The ex- Brewers boss helped lay the crucial foundations for Albion's back-to-back promotions before leaving the Pirelli Stadium in 2014 to take charge at Birmingham City. He helped the Blues to consecutive 10th-placed finishes in the second tier and had them outside the play-off spots on goal difference alone when he was surprisingly sacked last month.
Nigel Clough and Philippe Montanier shake hands before the season-opening clash between Albion and Nottingham Forest at the City Ground
Forest take on Rowett's former employers - now managed by Gianfranco Zola - this weekend. Albion could overtake the Tricky Trees with a win or a draw on Saturday if Birmingham win.
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